It is Actually Cheaper

@AmbiePam (56654)
United States
December 2, 2008 2:09pm CST
This may not be the case for everyone, and I'm sure this doesn't apply to every product available. However, I have discovered I get a better deal when I buy biodegradable trash bags than I do with all the rest of the trash bags available. And they are just as sturdy. So often when I try to buy "green", the products are more money than my usual product. But I was happy to see in this case, it was actually cheaper to buy the environmentally friendly product. Have you found this is the case with any other green product? That it is actually cheaper to buy the earth friendly kind instead of your regular?
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@glords (2614)
• United States
2 Dec 08
I guess in the long run its more economical to buy one sports water bottle and refill it, then to buy bottled water all the time. I haven't really thought about saving money while going green. It seems like that doesn't happen very often. I think the extra money is worth every penny if it is going to preserve this world for our children.
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@AmbiePam (56654)
• United States
2 Dec 08
It would be worth every extra penny, if we could all afford it. Every time I can buy something more environmentally friendly I get excited. But on disability, I'm doing all I can to budget what I absolutely have to have. I do feel good about another thing. My parents now have recycling in their neighborhood - the green bins were passed out. So now any plastic bottles I use can be put in the recycle bin at their house. I live in an apartment, and they don't have anything for recycling.
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@glords (2614)
• United States
3 Dec 08
I think that's great. My condo's also don't have a place for recycling. It really sad that big communities don't have any place accessible for recycling. I think that's wonderful that you go the extra mile to take your bottles to you parents house.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
3 Dec 08
Isn't is weird how often the more natural products, foods and go green are usually MORE..like organic foods, why are they more when pesticides aren't used, or anything that is all naturally made? To be honest though I've never noticed the difference in price for trash bags as I don't use them...what I use are the shopping bags from grocery stores. Since I'm trying to eliminate how much plastic usage I do, it seemed weird for me to spend any kind of money on plastic bags, when I can simply use the plastic shopping bags...but did you hear? don't know if they're doing it elsewhere but from now on supposedly stores are going to charge 5ยข per plastic bag used for bagging items....in my neck of the woods they're encouraging people to use those recyclable bags of which I have already
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@AmbiePam (56654)
• United States
3 Dec 08
I like to use the little plastic bags I get when I'm shopping for bathroom trash cans, or to transport my dirty laundry. I sure hope they don't start charging 5 cents. I think people would recycle them if people knew what to do with them. Just recently my parent's neighborhood got bins to put their recyclables in. They pay 4 dollars extra a month, and I wonder if the city doesn't make that money up when they recycle everything...
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
3 Dec 08
I never buy the Kitchen bags, just use the plastic bags that I get when I buy stuff at the store. There is not that many of them, since I mainly use the black green reusable bags, and I used to use the biodegradable bags, but found that the latter only lasted a little while before deteriorating. I find the good plastic bags that you get at the hardware stores and at the department stores quite good and I did not have to pay for them.
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@jillhill (37377)
• United States
2 Dec 08
I haven't bought alot of green products but have found that most of them are a little more expensive or close to the regular price...Maybe the prices are finally coming down on those speciality items. If they want people to recycle they should have the products at a reasonable price.
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• United States
3 Dec 08
Well compact fluorescent bulbs are pretty cheap these days, although not as cheap as incandescents except when Lowes is giving them away for free. Of course many people are put off by them because they give off a harsh white light that we're not used to, and is very unflattering, but they represent significant energy savings and last for years.
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@AmbiePam (56654)
• United States
3 Dec 08
Those bulbs are very worth it. I haven't noticed the harsh white light, but maybe that is because I look equally bad in both!
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• Canada
3 Dec 08
I know this discussion is about trash bags! But it wandered off here to CFL's and where I live they are much more expensive, and have half the lifetime (or less) than incandescents! If you live anywhere that power fluctuates, they burn out way faster! Now, you have a disposal problem! In this issue they have put the cart before the horse! CFL's have mercury! (We all remember Mercury in our Science classes.) Toxic & dangerous! They should NOT be put in your (biodegradable) garbage bags! They might be an energy saver...but a huge contaminator of land fills! I generate so little disposable garbage that the few cents more that biodegradable costs, I feel good about! thanks for sharing!
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@mtdewgurl74 (18159)
• United States
3 Dec 08
What is the product name and where did you purchase it from? I have seen alot of Green Products out their and some are a little more then the products I use but then others are way more then the cost of the products I use. I am willing to spend a few extra cents to help save the planet but can't really go to much since then in helping the planet I would also do harm to my own fiances which is in a tight rein.
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@AmbiePam (56654)
• United States
3 Dec 08
I found them in a health food store. That alone led me to believe they would be more expensive, but they weren't. I mean in a health food store almost everything is more expensive! I ran out of bags this morning, but I am going to get more today. When I buy them I'll look at there name again. I don't remember off the top of my head.
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• United States
2 Dec 08
I too have noticed that recycled items cost more.. right now with the economy and everything it is hard to think about paying more. It really is not fair either.. it is recycled your using some of the same materials I would think that if anything it would be cheaper.. maybe it is just me....
@Purtle (274)
• United States
3 Dec 08
I have not encountered a case like that. It is really a mess how all the "green" things are more expensive. It is making it harder for everyone to go green because it is more expensive.
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@AmbiePam (56654)
• United States
4 Dec 08
It is harder. I think most of the world would buy green products if they were financially able. Inlcuding hybrid cars. But most people aren't in the tax bracket to be able to do that.
@Purtle (274)
• United States
4 Dec 08
Yes I agree. If only the producers of the green products could find a way to make them more affordable... It would really attract a lot more consumers if that was done.
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@Monkeyrose (2849)
• Canada
3 Dec 08
yah.. people never believe me when I tell them but I used to get organic vegetables delivered to my door. They are cheaper then regular ones especially when you factor in the fact that you arent' using a car or transportation. My garbage bags are free. We just use the ones we get from shopping.
@AmbiePam (56654)
• United States
3 Dec 08
Wow, delivered to your door? I like buying organic because I end up supporting local farms.
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• Canada
3 Dec 08
Yes its delivered to our door. They deliver it in reusable bins. You just place the old one out on delivery day and they pick it up for you. You can choose online what you want each week. They offer a lot of local produce and products. The company itself is carbon neutral and operates a very green company.. If I had money I'd buy from them again... but as I said... My parents buy the food.. I can't afford it.
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
3 Dec 08
I haven't noticed, but I'm sure going to look! I'd much rather by the biodegradable ones over the regular ones. Thanks so much for sharing this information. With watching every penny nowadays, I might not have thought to look.
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@AmbiePam (56654)
• United States
3 Dec 08
I hope you can find some. I get excited when I can find good deals that are also helpful in other areas, like being a bit more green.
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
3 Dec 08
We think alike! I get excited too. My family makes fun of me, but I'm also 'green' by re-using and recycling packages and containers that so many things come in. I think those recloseable plastic coffee containers are the greatest thing since sliced bread. I store everything in them.
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
7 Dec 08
I guess I should be more observant of these type of items when shopping, but I usually go to the dollar tree to buy most of my products at a $1 each for these type of products.
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@AmbiePam (56654)
• United States
7 Dec 08
Good point. The trash bags I bought were $1.89, so the dollar store would be cheaper.
@mcfuddy (382)
• United States
3 Dec 08
I do prefer to buy green products, but for me, they tear easier and my pets are more attracted to them by the smell so they tear it up. Although I am a great supporter of going green with building material, I work better with normal household products. I do safe money by rewashing plastic cups, however, and I find it more enviromently friendly.
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@AmbiePam (56654)
• United States
3 Dec 08
I admit, I have to keep the trash bags out of reach from my dog. But not just because he'd tear it up, but because he would also pee on it!
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@camomom (7535)
• United States
4 Dec 08
No, I haven't noticed them beig cheaper. I always see them being priced higher. I will check out the trash bags at my usual store now though.
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
3 Dec 08
Hi AmbiePam - No I have not found green to be cheaper. But I carry a cloth bag and try not to take plastic bags from shops. We do not get many green things where I live. Kepp green and happy mylotting
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
3 Dec 08
Many Earth friendly products are from recycle and must be cheaper. Sometimes it is and very often is not. I also found some organic products at the same price or slightly cheaper.
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• India
3 Dec 08
this is the good product.you can get it easily.itis cheaper than other products.it is easy to use.this green products are more useful.and they are environmental friendly. i think you will know it better after you use it.
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• India
3 Dec 08
yes,biodegradable trash bags are good.it is cheaper.it is envorinmental friendly.last time i bought a green product which is of high cost.late i realised and i suggest you to buy this one.definitely you will be happy.
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@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
15 Jan 09
That is wonderful. thanks for sharing your experience with all of us. I am sure this will be useful to alot of people.